RR Films*: Historical Figures

Regarded as both a hero and a villain, Fidel Castro has now moved into the realms of history, where filmmakers can interpret his actions in whatever light suits their politics. The two-part film about Che covered much of Fidel’s revolutionary history well, but in a rather respectful manner, so let’s see what they do with Fidel.

There are many, many films about historical figures, of variable quality and veracity. Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as Lincoln, seemed well real……

What films about historical figures would you recommend?

*Shoey’s ad hoc comment on RR last week stung. He’s right: I go to see films, not movies.

Earworms 5 December 2016

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Cracking selection for you this week, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Nothing much to report this week, except that I discovered that there is a village called Triangle. Apparently it was previously called “Pond” – which was all very interesting but not terribly helpful as I was meant to be in Mytholmroyd. But I digress – Christmas is coming, about time we had some Christmas Earworms to dispel the darkness. Please send any likely contenders to earworm@tincanland.com by Thursday 15 December, and I’ll do something festive with them on the 19th. Thanks all.

Roy Buchanan – Green Onions – Ravi Raman: I’m sure you are all familiar with this track, either via Blues Brothers or Booker T. This is a master of the Telecaster and a much less known guitarist. From a compilation album called Guitar On Fire. Wait for a couple of minutes to go before the drama begins.

La Femme – It’s time to wake up 2023 – glassarfemptee: French psych-pop band La Femme are all over the place just now. This track, “It’s time to wake up 2023”, is from their 2013 debut album, “Psycho Tropical Berlin”. It has a relentless Krautrock feel. I just can’t stop playing it! Maybe it has a message for the American electorate?

The Temperance Movement – Modern Massacre – DsD: Continuing my current trend of needing loud, here’s a short, sharp shouty rocker from DsD fave singer Phil Campbell’s current band. The album’s been out all year, and I STILL haven’t got round to buying it. :o( (Subtle hint for Christmas pressie? Ed.)

Sturgill Simpson – All Around You – tincanman: In 2006 Van Morrison swooped down upon Nashville to tick making a country record off his bucket list, pooped his trousers, and left. Sturgill’s 2016 “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth” is how it could have been.

Ella Fitzgerald – Whisper Not – goneforeign: “Whisper Not” is perfectly suited to Ella’s style, or is it vice-versa? This must be one of the most difficult songs she ever tackled, just listen and try to anticipate Benny Golson’s melody and notice how she’s always on it. On the wonderful out-chorus, Ella takes a major departure from the entire melody, looping over, under, and around and weaving a fantastic line of notes with the lyrics, by Leonard Feather.  As always, she’s on Verve and produced by Norman Granz. Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals / Sweets Edison – trumpet / Bill Perkins – Tenor Saxophone / Jimmy Rowles – Piano / Al Viola – Guitar / Joe Mondragon – Bass / Shelly Manne – Drums / Marty Paich – Arranger, Conductor.

Moddi – A Matter of Habit – severin: From his “Unsongs” album. Cover versions – some translated, some with new tunes – of songs which have been banned by various authorities. This one written by Israeli author Alona Kimhi and musician Izhar Ashdot.  Banned from radio there for showing disrespect to the armed forces. Here’s a Youtube link to the original version. 


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Sounds on Sunday 9

More new sounds for you this week. Please let me have your comments below, along with any recommendations for new music you’d like to share. If anyone is thinking of sending us a link, Youtube or Soundcloud are preferred because it’s easier to make a playlist – but I’m grateful for all contributions, just sorry we can’t feature them all. Today we start with the Youtube playlist above, details as follows:

Electric Pyramid – Rome: British-Italian four-piece Electric Pyramid have just revealed the video for their new single “Rome”. They supported Queen on tour in Europe earlier this year and are about to play a London headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club on December 5th. Inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and QOTSA.

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Spill Awards 2016 – Nominations open

We’re still here! At the end of last year, it seriously looked as if RR would be no more, and so the mood at the traditional end-of-year awards was distinctly downbeat. But we have survived, and the optimistic among us might claim that we’re stronger than ever, with a whole load of new people joining in each week, even if they haven’t for the most part made it across to the Spill. And I have a new job, so am less personally miserable than I have been over the last couple of years. So, let’s party!*

This is Stage One of an increasingly complex and laborious process designed to maximise the expression of the Voice Of The People; no, it never works very well, and numerous people end up throwing their vote away because they haven’t paid enough attention to what’s really going on – but anything’s better than leaving it in the hands of those arrogant liberal ‘experts’. Anyway, if the result is unclear we can call on a team of practised Russian hackers to manufacture a few more votes for suitable candidates. Continue reading

Tune of the Week #8

Simple rule for newbies or stragglers – pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

Add Your Tune Here

I never understood the Weak Force, and i never deeply understood the magnetic portion of the Electromagnetic force, although i could fake it by crunching the numbers.  Nevermind the Electroweak.  So while i was delighted when the folks at CERN discovered the Higgs Boson, the particle that gives the other particles their mass,  and preserves the symmetry of the standard model, i can’t say that i really understand it except at the most superficial level.  I’m not convinced that Nick Cave really grasps it either, and i sure don’t grasp what he’s trying to say about the Higgs either, except he doesn’t seem overly excited at the discovery.  But it’s all good, the album is a perfect listen for this grey and quiet day.  Sing the phone book to me.